DAVID GANTS, (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1997), works on book history at either end of the Gutenberg age, specializing in both the emerging European printing trade 1450-1700 and the current digital transformation taking place in the industry. He also explores the potential applications of computer technology in humanities teaching and research. Dr. Gants joined the FSU faculty in the fall of 2007 as part of the new interdisciplinary History of Text Technologies program.
He serves as the Electronic Editor for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, a ground-breaking enterprise that seeks to create a new model for electronic scholarly editing. When published in 2008, the Cambridge Jonson will appear in two distinct but complementary media: a six-volume traditional print edition containing the modernized plays, poetry, and prose, textual annotation and commentary, and full introductions to each work; and a on-line scholarly edition consisting not only of the complete print edition in digital form but also old spelling versions of all texts, facsimiles of the original print witnesses, and large archives detailing Jonson's life, his literary sources, historical documents surrounding the production of his masques, and other resources crucial to an understanding of Jonson's life and works.
In the past three years Dr. Gants has also begun work with a group of international scholars and librarians on the Early English Booktrade Database, a networked electronic resource devoted to the organization and dissemination of physical and descriptive bibliographical statistics for books printed in England 1475-1640. When completed, the Database will work as a quantitative complement to the English Short-Title Catalogue as well as biographical resources such as the British Book Trade Index.
Dr. Gants has served on a large number of boards and committees, including the Executive Committee of the Association for Computers and Humanities, and as the Chair of the Textual and Bibliographical Studies Section of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. He currently is a member of the Advisory Board for the Oxford Works of Edmund Spenser, the Chair of the Fellowship Committee for the Bibliographical Society of America, and Assistant Editor of the Humanist Discussion List.